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Here’s Your Token

In which I’m a smart-ass and complain about my short and unpleasant experience with Technorati. I submitted this here blog and, unexpectedly, took about 40 minutes to do it.

First things first: VA3BTHCGDM68.

With that out of the way, I must say I didn’t particularly enjoy the whole process.

What Went Wrong?

First of all, I pressed ‘check claim’ about 6 times and things just went from wrong to worse. Problem was, at first, that I didn’t quite get what to do with the claim token. After that, they couldn’t find the article because of feed parsing issue.

What Do I Do With the Token?

Took me a while to finally understand it’s supposed to go in a blog post. Maybe it’s me. You know? After using all kinds of verification methods, I just couldn’t grasp the concept of making it so transparently available. In a post? Really? What the hell does that have to do with the content I regularly (read “at a Salingerian pace”) publish? Oh, I get it. Use some sort of CSS rule to keep it from the eye of the regular (read “nonexistent”) visitor. Why would I have to know that?

Any other method that comes to mind doesn’t actually verify that I actually own the blog. A meta element or a header would mean I am the web master, not the writer. Cool. But still.

Another reason I felt I had to sort of publicly complain is that I couldn’t really find any help.

Little Help? Anyone?

The emails kept reading that I’ll find information on my account page. I didn’t. I poked around until I got it right. I looked for the classic link saying “Help”. Couldn’t find it. Used the trusty search engine and I got it working. Are we sure that’s the best experience for a new user?

That’s actually my main complaint: I was left there to my own devices to discover what the hell is Technorati will need to verify that you are an author of the site http://maus.insomniac.ro/ by looking for a unique code. supposed to mean. Wait, there’s more.

Who Am I Supposed to Be Here?

You get a profile page, right? Perfect. Where is it and what’s its URL? I looked for a link, a prompt, a suggestion. Nada. Help? Well, as they say, help yourself. So, again with the search engine to see how Technorati formats user profile addresses. I’ll admit it’s intuitive, but I’ve seen it done so many ways, I didn’t feel like playing The URL Is Right.

The Link. She’s Broken!

After looking at the profile page, I don’t know what came over me to check if the link back to this blog was correct. I did enter it myself (by clicking on the correct link in the input’s suggestion list). Here’s the kicker: it wasn’t. It had the protocol in it twice (like http://http://). That’s like adding insult to the injury. I went back and changed it, but why did I have to do it?

“Like” Technorati Much?

Alright. Let’s say that the user experience is faulty (to say the least) because with all the aggregation and app development and trying to catch up with other similar services, there’s no resources left to design a decent (not to mention pleasant) first experience for new users.

But screwing up something as simple as checking to see if the user had, for whatever reason, entered the protocol too in his web address and removing it if he had is something I’d expect from a 15 years old Pascal programmer.

If you need a little more confirmation, look them up on get satisfaction (or just go ahead and use the handy link in the sidebar).